Bairns Come First Campaign Launch

Monday, 3 October 2016

The child maintenance campaign 'Bairns Come First - Fairness for Their Future' was launched on Friday 30th September at Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.

Fife Gingerbread, Citizens Advice and Rights Fife, One Parent Families Scotland, and Fife Law Centre are working in partnership on the campaign, designed to raise awareness of child maintenance changes and provide support and information to those who need it.

At the heart of the event was the unveiling of the Poverty Alliance research into child maintenance in Fife, which has been used to shape the campaign messages. Fiona McHardy, Research and Information Manager at the Poverty Alliance, said “This research shows that despite radical changes over the last few year, the system of child maintenance is still not working for many parents and children. Too many parents are still not receiving all these need to ensure that they give their children the best start. There are a number of practice and policy changes that can be introduced at the local and national levels to improve the experience of all parents. We hope this research will contribute to making these changes happen.”

As well as Fiona launching her findings, Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People Tam Baillie spoke at the event. Tam said “This report shines a light on an area which has been overlooked for too long. At present we have complex systems which make it difficult to ensure all families have access to the child maintenance they are entitled to expect. To improve the position, action is required by the UK Government, Scottish Government and local authorities. The sooner this issue is recognised and addressed the better for our children affected.”

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